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THOROUGHBRED CLASSICS RETURNS MARCH 12 ON ESPN CLASSIC

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA will make its 2002 debut with a retrospective on the Florida Derby, Tuesday, March 12 on ESPN Classic. Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA is produced by NTRA Productions in association with ESPN.

Hosted by Jim McKay and Jack Whitaker, the half-hour programs will feature performers and personalities from America's most storied races. Each of the 19 shows on tap for this year will reflect on the race's history and preview its 2002 running. The spring/summer schedule for Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA is as follows (all times Eastern, schedule subject to change):

Race Date Time

Florida Derby March 12 5:30 p.m. March 14 5:30 p.m. March 15 9:30 a.m. March 16 9:30 a.m.

Blue Grass Stakes April 9 5:30 p.m. April 11 5:30 p.m. April 12 9:30 a.m.

Kentucky Derby April 30 5:30 p.m. May 2 5:30 p.m. May 3 9:30 a.m. May 4 9:30 a.m.

Preakness Stakes May 14 5:30 p.m. May 16 5:30 p.m. May 17 9:30 a.m. May 18 9:30 a.m.

Belmont Stakes June 4 5:30 p.m. June 6 5:30 p.m. June 7 9:30 a.m. June 8 9:30 a.m.

ESPN Classic is a 24-hour, all sports network devoted to telecasting the greatest games, stories, heroes and memories in the history of sports. ESPN Classic presents programming for the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR, boxing-including the ESPN Big Fights library-tennis, golf, the Olympics, college football, college basketball and others. ESPN Classic is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.

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